The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 6, 2019

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Montessori for the Kindergarten Year

In the photo: Aspen class students with their completed Birds Eye View work.

Birds Eye view

Parent/teacher conferences are coming up this Friday, Feb. 8, and parents of pre-k students will be asking about their child’s readiness for kindergarten, and deciding whether or not to keep them at WMS for their third or fourth year.

“Why Montessori for the kindergarten year?”, written by Tim Seldin with Elizabeth Coe, and previously featured in Tomorrow’s Child magazine, may offer a few answers. Please read the article and come to us with all of your questions.

(The article is used here with permission. We invite you to visit and join the Montessori Family Alliance.)—NC Early Childhood & Toddler Program Director Judy Samudovsky

The third year is magical!

From the February Pine class newsletter, Carol Harshaw

Think back to when you toured Woodinville Montessori School. Maybe your child was still in diapers at the time and you were primarily focused on our amazing Toddler program, or you were just thinking about sending your child to school for the first time. I am sure you heard the admissions director talk about the three-year cycle, but that seemed so far away, and you were so focused on the upcoming year ahead…continued on the EC program page.→

In case of more snow days or late starts

Snow day

Loki, Cedar teacher Taylor Westphal’s dog, waits for Taylor on campus on Monday. Though it was a snow day, man and dog stopped by school to do some work.

Snow days and late starts disrupt the school schedule and we know they can also be extra-inconvenient for our families. Since our families and staff come from different places and directions, each of which may be experiencing better or worse micro-climates, these decisions are difficult to make. Your safety is our primary concern. If school is closed, we hope you understand. If school is open, you must use your own judgement about whether or not it is safe for you to travel.

Due to the difficulty of predicting our weather, we prefer to wait until early in the morning to make the decision about whether or not to hold school. If it’s most probable that the next day’s driving will be hazardous, we will make the call on the evening before to provide you more time to make alternative plans.

Remember that you can always get the details about emergency schedule changes and notifications on our Emergency Closure Guidelines page.

Swirling in the UE Science Lab

Milk experiment

Upper El performed an experiment last week with milk, food coloring and soap to learn about variables and controls. “It also looks cool!” says Cedar teacher Taylor Westphal. “One of the pictures looks like the WMS tree.” See that and more, on the UE program page.→

Sign up now for Feb. 15 Kids’ Night Out

Hello Parents! Our next Kid’s Night Out (KNO) is coming up very soon‐Feb. 15. Registration is now open, so sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students, and only to kindergarteners or higher. We cannot accept drop-ins.

Kid’s Night Out is held on one Friday night almost every school month. Upper school students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. The upcoming KNO will be “Time Travel”-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. Activities and games will be provided, including face-paint. We will be watching “Peabody and Sherman”, which is rated PG, and “Meet the Robinsons” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 for any additional child(ren). For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!—Coco McLeod and Meera Kohli, KNO managers

Secondary Ski Camp offered on Feb. 20

High School and Middle School students may sign up for the first Midwinter Break Ski Camp, set for Feb. 20. The bus will leave WMS at 8 a.m., and return at 5:30 p.m. It will meet up with the Stevens Pass shuttle, and students will ride the shuttle to the summit.

Come spend the day skiing with friends at Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Whether or not you have skied or snowboarded before, this will be a fun day on the mountain. You must provide your own equipment. We encourage you to rent beforehand.

There are three pricing options:

  1. Transportation only: $37.30
  2. Transportation plus lift ticket: $86.30
  3. Transportation plus lift ticket plus lesson: $135.30

Register on Camp Brain. You will find the winter activities release and the ski bus waiver here.

Some familiar staff move into different roles

We are pleased to announce Michelle Ahern as Dogwood’s new classroom program assistant. Michelle is a certified Montessori Assistant through Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) and also completed Child Care Basics 30 Hours STARS training. We welcome Michelle, with her warm smile and gentle, kind ways towards children, into the Dogwood classroom community.

We are equally pleased to announce that Katie Hounwanou, a longtime WMS staff member, has moved from a float position in the Toddler/EC program at the North Creek campus to program assistant in Pine class.

Bindu Sivalanka will be a familiar friendly face in the morning EC Club House and Jillian Dickson in morning EL Club House.

Online yearbook sales open through Feb. 26

2018-2019 yearbook

Online ordering for the 2018-2019 school yearbook is now open through Feb. 26, 2019.

To order a yearbook, see the link to online sales in your Grapevine email. The link is not publicly posted.

If you’re at school and want to order, look for the QR codes on yearbook posters for a fast link to the login/registration page.

The yearbook is only available as a full-color, hardbound, printed book, and is not posted online. It’s a permanent record of your student’s time at WMS, accessible regardless of future platform or digital capability.

Important: you are responsible for the accuracy of your order. Carefully enter and proofread all of your personalization text, and other information.

Please contact Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Director of Communications and Marketing, with any questions about the yearbook.